VITO offers support in the entire geothermal project development: from the prefeasibility study, quick scan, initial geophysical and geological exploration, legislation & permitting, effective deep drilling (planning, supervision and interpretation), dimensioning of the surface installations and developing and supervision of the operational phase (monitoring of reservoir behaviour and production data, updating of reservoir model)

Our expertise

  • More than 20 years ‘hands on’ & ‘state of the art’ relevant experience with geological evaluations of (deep) subsurface
  • VITO is the geological center of expertise for Flemish government
  • Reference institute for 3D geological mapping
  • Deep saline aquifers (geothermal doublets): BE & NL, Africa
  • Use of abandoned mines (thermal storage): BE, NL, UK, Canada
  • From oil field to geothermal power station (ORC – heat): China
  • Underground Gas Storage (natural gas, CO2): BE, South-Africa, the Balkan region, Maghreb region

Our services

Deep geothermal drilling
VITO - Seismic surveys

Our seismic surveys include planning, fieldwork and interpretation.

Deep geothermal drilling
VITO - Deep drilling

Deep drilling up to 3 km deep and more. Our services include planning, supervision and interpretation.

Geothermal heat networks

Our services consists of predesigning and dimensioning of the above ground installation.

The Minewater management tool (MWMT) supports the drafting of mine abandonment plans and the development of new application for abandoned mines such as using minewater for heating and cooling purposes as well as for heat/cold storage. Additionally, the modelling tool is well suited to predict mine water discharge, including chemical composition including the dispersion of chemicals in flooded or flooding mines.

3D Geological modelling is a technique for creating 3D representations of the underground based on geological and geophysical observations and concepts. It is used for managing and quantifying natural resources, with applications such as groundwater, geothermal and coal exploration.

Reference projects

Shallow & Deep geothermal:

  • LRM NV (Belgium)

  • Balmatt VITO (Belgium) (Dutch)

  • De Ark (Turnhout, Belgium)

  • California Lipzig Gielen geothermy BV (NL)

  • Province Gelderland & Radboud University Nijmegen (The Netherlands)

  • T.O.M.(Horticulture Development Company, The Netherlands)

  • EU INTERREG IV Flanders (The Netherlands)

  • Electrawinds (Romania)

  • Province Gelderland (Arnhem, The Netherlands)
  • Wijnen NV & Burghout Projectmanagement NV (The Netherlands)
  • Yanling (China)
  • Liaocheng (China)

Permitting and exploration/exploitation licensing:

  • IDEA (Belgium)
  • Wijnen Square Crops (The Netherlands)

Transfer of knowledge/Best practices/Legal issues:

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